Twenty-five kilometers from the city of Phan Thiet, Binh Thuan Province lies a very beautiful cape called Ke Ga Cape, which is one of the most fabulous destinations in Vietnam. There are many international and domestic visitors coming to this place to enjoy the breath-taking view each year.
- Location: Tan Thanh, Ham Thuan Nam District, Binh Thuan Province
Opening hours: Open 24 hours
1. What to See
Coming to Ke Ga Cape, tourists will have a chance to visit a multitude of interesting things. Refer to some worth-seeing attractions in Ke Ga Cape below:
- Ke Ga Lighthouse
At Ke Ga Cape stands a lighthouse. It was built in 1899 and is considered as the tallest and oldest existing lighthouse in Vietnam. The lighthouse is called Ke Ga by local people.
Ke Ga Lighthouse was built on Ke Ga Island top whose total area is about 5 ha in the coastal area of Tan Thanh Ward, Ham Thuan Nam District, about 30km away from Phan Thiet City to the South East.
This lighthouse was designed by a French architect named Chnavat to guide ships to go back and forth. The construction started in February 1987 and was completed by the end of 1898, but it was not until 1900 that the lighthouse was put in operation.
To mark the construction period, local people put a big granite panel carved the number 1899 at the lighthouse entry gate. The lighthouse has now been operating for 108 years.
The lighthouse with its unique architecture is about 60m tall. From that height, visitors are able to see a vast expanse of sea and sky, as well as enjoy cool ocean winds. The most beautiful moment to visit the lighthouse is at sunset. People can see a fantastic sight with splendid colors. Sometimes they can not distinguish the boundary of the sky and sea. Only 500m from the coast, people can walk to the island when the tide is out.
Ke Ga Lighthouse was built grandiosity, which can be classified as Vietnam’s tallest lighthouse, built of granite stones brought from France. A unique character of this lighthouse is that the granite stones were carved out of different cells, shapes, sides that are well-fit. So in building, they were put together and stuck by mortar.
On the lighthouse, there is a big light of 2000W, which was brought from France and used to give signals ships back and forth. Presently, Ke Ga Lighthouse has become a tourist attraction, not only about art and architecture but also a beautiful natural landscape.
- Ke Ga White Rock Reef
The most interesting thing in Ke Ga Cape is the large area of beautiful rocks. The locals call Ke Ga a “ rock garden” due to its numerous stones and cliffs in different shapes and sizes such as long, short, square, round, etc. They are stacked with each other to create a spectacular picture for every tourist to contemplate.
The cape has a promontory shape of a chicken’s head, which brings people a lot of unique experiences. In addition, the water flowing through the rocks can look exactly like floating clouds are hugging the mountain.
- Ke Ga Beach
The beach in Ke Ga is super beautiful and clean. It boasts warm and pure water, white sand stretch, gentle waves as well as scattered cliffs. Thanks to this, you can enjoy many outdoor activities like swimming, bathing, going fishing or just wandering along the beach witnessing the masterpiece of nature.
2. What to Eat
Binh Thuan has so many specialties to offer tourists in terms of both seafood and fresh fruits. You can taste and buy them from the fishing village or local market in the province. Here are the must-try food in Ke Ga Cape, Binh Thuan Province.
- One-Sun-Dried Squid
Of all the regions in Vietnam serving one-sun-dried squid, Binh Thuan is proud of being the best place with this food. Squid is chosen carefully by fishermen before being spread out only 1 time under the sunlight. This way helps the squid remain its water, therefore, the squid is sweet and tasty, unlike other dry ones.
- Vietnamese pancakes (Banh Xeo)
Banh Xeo is a staple in Vietnam and is made in a different process, ingredients as well as size depending on the region offering the food. In Binh Thuan, people mix all the ingredients of bean shoots, cooked pork, chicken or prawns together, season them well and leave for around 30 minutes.
When the frying pan is hot enough, they will pour the mixture of rice flour, powdered turmeric, coconut milk and salt in it, wait for a little bit, then add the combination mentioned above into. Fold the pancake into half and flip the other side when it is done. The completed Banh Xeo will be served with extra vegetables.
- Dragon fruit
Once coming to visit Binh Thuan province, the thing you should not skip is dragon fruit. It is a “superfood” which contains lots of necessary nutrients for people’s health like protein, vitamin C, fiber, iron, vitamin B and so on.
3. Where to Stay
Being a well known tourist destination, Ke Ga Cape has a wide range of hotels, motels and resorts for people to stay. Here are some suggestions for you.
- Peaceful Resort
Location: Ke Ga, Thuan Nam, Tan Thanh, Binh Thuan
Tel: 0778 668 266
- Bau Mai Apricot Beach Resort
Location: Ke Ga, Tan Thanh, Ham Thuan Nam, Binh Thuan
Tel: 0252 3683 120
- Lara Homestay
Location: Tan Thuan, Ham Thuan Nam, Binh Thuan
Tel: 0869 155 945
4. Best Time to Visit
You can go to visit Ke Ga Cape at anytime of the year as the climate and nature remain its beauty all year round. However, the best time is June and July. In addition, try not to visit during August because it is the rainy season here.
5. How to Get to
To get to Ke Ga cape, you can choose 1 out of the 3 main types of transportation listed below.
A lot of visitors opting for this transportation as they can enjoy the best experience on the roads here. To get to Ke Ga, first you need to follow the instruction to National Highway 1, turn to Song Phan charging station. Then at the small junction, turn right and go straight until you reach Nhum stream. Turn right one more time and you will see Ke Ga cape in front of your eyes.
In case you depart from Ho Chi Minh city, turn to National Highway 51, turn left at Highway 55 towards Phan Thiet and Binh Chau. Now, just follow this road and you can reach Ke Ga cape after that.
If you want to go to Ke Ga Cape in the fastest way, you can book a train ticket from Ho Chi Minh. The train departs at Sai Gon station and stops at Phan Thiet railway station or Muong Man station. The total time for the trip is about 4 hours. After that, you can jump into a taxi to Ke Ga Cape.
First, buy tickets to go from Ho Chi Minh to Phan Thiet. Next, when you reach Cat Stream, take bus No.06 to Ke Ga Cape. In case you don’t want to wait, you can catch a taxi instead.
6. Tips and Tricks
- In Ke Ga Cape, it is scorching hot, especially in summer, so visitors should wear sunscreen to protect themselves from sunburn when enjoying outdoor activities
- If you would like to camp in Ke Ga, a handy flashlight is necessary to be brought
Up to now, the tour to Ke Ga Cape has been always drawing much attention from international and domestic visitors. So, don’t hesitate to add this destination to your itinerary in Vietnam.